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russians maintain de facto control. >> i'm tim willcox live in kiev where diplomatic pressure continues to build. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is due to arrive in a few hours's time. a key witness is brought to tears over that she heard on the night reeva steenkamp was killed. . resurgence of old heroes in japan. tokyo seeks to commemorate the kamikaze pilots of the second world war. the most expensive city to live in. it has higher prices on everything from petrol, beer, to utilities and clothing. paris comes second. mumbai tops the other end for being the cheaper.
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hello. it's midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 3:00 p.m. in moscow where president putin delivered a lengthy and damning account of the crisis in ukraine. he said there has been an unconstitutional coup in the country and russia must protect its own citizens if they're already threat. he said it remained ukraine's legitimate leader but said he no longer had a political future. he said it was suspending military cooperation with moscow and was considering further measures after russian forces moved into the autonomous region of crimea. diplomatically an awful lot going on. tim? >> reporter: well, you would hardly believe it but i am standing above independence square. it is so foggy here you can
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barely see five meters in front of you. we hear the people on the platform behind me a hundred or so meters away continuing to sing, pray, and to the sing the national anthem. they are running live feeds from the ukrainian parliament which has been sitting again today. on the diplomatic front, the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is due to the arrive in the next few hours. that follows from the british foreign secretary, british foreign minister william hague who held talks with the acting prime minister yesterday. an hour and a half to the south from where i am standing now the standoff between russian forces and ukrainian military. no shots fired. there were reports in the media that russia issued this deadline of dawn today to surrender the military bases or face a military onslaught. that materialized. fortunately so far no shots have been fired which have wounded
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people. but shots had been fired as warning shots. that increased tensions down in crimea. more on that in a moment. first, let's catch up with what president putin has been saying in a press conference in the last hour or so. language about what he considered an unconstitutional coup here in ukraine. this is what he had to say. >> translator: the tense situation in crimea which may have led to force, the tensions have gone. our own military has been coming under threat. >> reporter: that's part of what he had to say in quite a long press conference. i've been justifying why russian troops were there. what do you read into how things may have changed or maybe not in
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terms of his language today? >> well, i think the language, to be honest, tim, was very uncompromising. one of the very key things was that he said as far as he's concerned, because it was an illegal coup which removed mr. yanukovych, he said he is still the legitimate president. and he says the kremlin received a letter from mr. yanukovych requesting that russian troops move into ukraine. therefore that would give legitimacy to any further military action by the russian forces. that is obviously a very key part of this news conference. but mr. putin also went on to say the further use of force would be only as a last resort. and i think that is also significant. >> we've also got the referendum taking place at the end of the
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month. and was president putin talking about that and how much stall he would set by whatever came in there. >> yes. the key thing he said is that russia would not provoke any separatists moves in the crimea. therefore he's saying 80s it's all to the people of the crimea to decide. but if they were to decide to take a stronger more separatist stance towards russia would then russia step in? >> that's a very good question. difficult to answer. but i think it has to be possible, doesn't it? the crimea used to be part of russia until 1954. just yesterday the russian prime minister medvedev said we are going to start with a long plan back to soviet times when they started thinking about a bridge from are urb that across the
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straits of crimea. so, you know, i'm sure as far as the russian government is concerned, they in some respects would like to have control of the crimea because of that key naval base at sevastopol where the black sea fleet is based. the last thing they want is to have that base there with the government in kiev which they do not truss. but of course they could fear it would be canceled and where would the black sea fleet go? >> okay. richard galpin with the latest in moscow, thank you very much indeed. let's look at what is happening on the ground. tensions were increased today as
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ukrainian soldiers decided to march towards russian soldiers guarding and controlling the airport asking them to hand it over. some warning shots were fired. let's catch up on all the latest developments. this report by christian frazier. >> reporter: the russian guard at the airfield in sevastopol. marching towards them, a column of 300 ukrainian soldiers unarmed. suddenly the sound of gunfire. warning shots that failed to stop them. in line they march on singing the anthem. the rifles of the russian soldiers now lowered. this airfield at sevastopol is home to the fight else of the air force. troops loyal to kiev have been confined to their baker's cyst. now the commanders come face to
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face. the two sides shout insults as the officers try to calm the situation. ukrainian officer demands joint control. he radioed demand to his superiors. while they wait, a rocket propelled grenade are fixed on the column. it's what the international community fears most, a confrontation that spills out of control and leads to war. the deadline for ukrainian forces to surrender their bases came and went this morning. moscow said there was some such ultimatum. they have dressed the railings of their ships in mattresses to stop the russian's hooks. >> last night this crane ship was maneuvered into position in front of the harbor wall. it's not a complete block aid,
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but the message it sends is abundantly clear. right now we can count one, two, three four, tpaoeufl naval ships patrolling the bay. >> the russians are strengthening forces. the fairy has been taken in anticipation of more hardware being moved. he said his government would build a bridge from russia that reinforces the kremlin's desire to be ever attached to crimea. christian frazier, bbc news, sevastopol. >> what do ukrainian academics and policy advisers make so far? the institute of public policy. thank you for joining us on "bbc world news". what do you make of president putin's comments and developments so far? >> definitely it's a positive development. we don't see any further
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escalation or military conflict actually. so that's very good. it was not accepted by kiev. the key challenge that is now before the government in kiev because they have to strike this important balance on the one hand to grant more autonomy to local governments across ukraine. on the other hand to improve the efficiency of government. from taxes, to preserve public order. the balance is difficult to achieve with the government which is now quite weak. >> given russia's position in terms of the the amount of troops on the ground, how difficult is it going to be do you think for ukraine to see the russian troops lead? >> that's the challenge. ukraine in the midterm or
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perhaps in the long term will try to work with the international community to militaryize the area. obviously russia would not want to do that. but i guess that's negotiable. >> doesn't president putin have a report that the deal originally negotiated between yanukovych and the three foreign ministers was thrown out of the window 24 hours later? >> things change, right? >> they sure did. he left. >> he left. he didn't do what he was supposed to do. so the deal was void. so i guess the thing changed too quickly. again, russia didn't sign the deal. so i guess it's the european minister should have been sort of worrying about it, not russian side. >> very briefly, does ukraine feel let down by the international community so far? >> i don't think so. i think the the international community of north america,
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other countries show clear support of ukraine. also receive the negotiations with russia taking place. so i think now is ukraine to act. obviously there are things that only ukrainian government can do. >> thank you very much indeed. well, we'll be bringing you all the developments from crimea and indeed here in kiev throughout the day. u.s. secretary of state john kerry due to arrive. we will be hearing more about that meeting between the foreign policy chief and lavrov. for me, tim willcox and the whole team here in ukraine, back to you in london. >> tim, thanks very much indeed. yes, we will keep across the situation in ukraine of course. let's catch up on some other news for you. the egyptian court has band all activity thes by the palestinian militant group hamas. it also ordered the seizure of offices. it is the result of a lawsuit
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demanding that the palestinian group with the terrorist organization because of its links to the brotherhood. a prominent exiled leader urged authorities to respond calmly to a knife attack in which 29 people died over the weekend. they have urged the authorities not to demonize them. the muslims who live in china's far west. three more people have been arrested over the random attack at a railway station. indonesia warned the australian drug smuggler would have her parole revoked following a documentary. she was freed last month after serving nine years in prison. under parole conditions she must stay on the island until 2017. channel 7 broadcast an interview with her sister. and widery rumored to have
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for hour after hour, a key witness in the murder trial of oscar pistorius has been pushed to explain what happened on the night his girlfriend reeva steenkamp was shot dead. she said she heard screaming and four gunshots. but she was reduced to tears as the defense counsel launched a rigorous examination of what she did hear. oscar pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend. we have this report from pretoria. >> reporter: it's day two of the oscar pistorius trial in a wet
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and gray pretoria. oscar pistorius left his uncle's house to hear witness michel burger. ms. burger, who wanted to remain anonymous said she heard screams and shots on valentine's day last year. >> do you know what it sounds like? >> i know what a gunshot sounds like 177 meters away. >> that's what you believe. do you know what it sounds like when you hit a bat hard against a door? >> no, my lady, i never hit a bat against a door. >> there is huge media interest in this story. not just in newspapers but also on television because of that historical judgment that cameras can be allowed for the first
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time during a trial. people are following this live on radio and television. >> everyone has an opinion about the trial. for some members of the public, racial stereotypes die hard. >> half an hour before the lunchtime adjournment, the second witness took the stand. like ms. burger she described what she heard from her balcony. the trial is set to last for three weeks. bbc news in pretoria. and the bbc's karen is also in pretoria. if we know anything about this trial it's going to be long. if you're a witness it's going to be tough, isn't it? >> yeah, it certainly has been tough for michel burger. she is an ordinary member of the
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public with a ph.d. the. she wasn't going to let herself be failed by him. she stuck to her line under continual cross-examination. at the end, though, of her evidence giving this morning she was in tears. she mentioned to him how she relives that night. she relives those shots every time she has a shower. that is what reduced her to tears. we now have another neighbor taking the stand. estelle also lives nearby. she has been cross-examined extensively this morning as well. we are seeing her continue to give evidence. a very well known criminal investigators here in south africa has worked many high profile cases. how would you have approached the evidence gathering if this was you in charge? you trained the chief
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investigating officer. >> they can disclose it from the statement in the future. >> the man you actually trained as an investigator came to this case late. he's no longer on the case. how did mike van art actually go about starting from scratch when actually things weren't at that point -- things had been affected the way they handled the first time around. >> as i said early on, interview the witness, the crime scene itself.
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gather all the evidence. i would have interviewed -- if i would have been in charge of the case i would have definitely interviewed defense counsel and try to see what i can get out of him as well. no doubt in my mind. >> thank you so much for your perspective as a well-known criminal investigator now retired working on the occasional cold case. you can follow him on twitter. bbcandrew. thanks very few, karen. and the bbc's andrew harding is inside court. he's tweeting live as the day unfolds. you can read what he has to say @bbcandrewh. nearly 70 years after the end of world war ii, the word kamikaze brings up many images.
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but japan wants to memorialize the pilots. >> reporter: it's not every day you get to meet a real kamikaze. in 1945, at the age of 19, he was recruited into japan's special attack squadrons. today the cheerful 89-year-old doesn't look like a fanatic. so why did he volunteer to die? >> translator: common sense says you only have one life, so why would you want to give it up, he says. but all of us wanted to interfere. japan needed us to be warriors, to stop the invasion. on his first mission, his engine broke down and he was forced to ditch. the second called off because of bad weather. and so unlike so many of his comrades, he survived. when you look back today at what
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happened then and all the young people who died, doesn't it feel look a waste? i never looked back with regret, hes. the people who died did so willingly. they must not be forgotten. these are the kamikaze letters. he has collected them from families of kamikaze pilots across japan. many like this express pride in the coming sacrifice. dear mother, my one regret is i could not do more for you before i die. but to die as a fighter for the emperor is an honor. but others show clear disillusionment in japan's war. tomorrow one who believes in democracy will leave this world. he may look lonely but his heart is filled with satisfaction. fas itch italy and nazi germany have been defeated.
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close to an airfield near his house stands a memorial to the kamikaze of the names of those who died are carved across its back. there are dozens scattered across japan. when i first came across one of those kamikaze memorials in japan, i have to admit i was taken aback. it felt like a shrine to blind loyalty to the emperor. to some on the far right of japanese pilots, the kamikaze are still held up as an ideal of japanese manhood. it has such potency even today. but to most japanese this isn't really about glor tpaoeug japan's military's past. it is much more about remembering the young men who sacrificed their lives selflessly to defend their nation. if the kamikaze letters gain world tear taj status, will it help japan to examine this dark episode of its past or
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"gmt" on "bbc world news". i'm david eades. in this half hour, ukraine stares down the barrel of an energy crisis. russia says its preferential rates for gas are coming to an end. also, the reawakening of a virus dormant for near 30,000 years. and coming up in the program, aaron is talking cars and some good news for europe. >> david, after seven long years of european car sales following off a cliff, experts tell us
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this year we'll finally see a pickup. and the optimism is widespread. rolls-royce unveiled its latest gun series with a very cool price tag of $275,000. hello. thanks for being with us. from military crisis to political crisis, is it now time to add energy crisis? ukraine can't pay its gas bills to russia. moscow decided to end its favorable rates to the neighbor it is now in conflict with. it is owed $1.5 billion. it is ready to extend a loan to kiev to cover that. but an energy crisis has meant a crisis for central and western europe as well as the country provides pipelines for supplying
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much to the west, and that includes germany. russia is after all europe's biggest provider of natural gas. half the supply traveling through ukraine. europe has been weaning itself off dependence on its neighbor over the course of the past decade. if you look back to 2003, it imported 45% of its natural gas. that figure now stands less than 30%. europe is becoming less reliant on the ukraine link. improved gas infrastructure means supplies could go viral in the event of disruption. we're going speak now to chris weaver, an investment consultant live in our moscow bureau. also with me in the studio is the center for global energy studies. thank you very much for joining us. chris, if i could start with you, russia may be able to say we control the feed of this energy, but i suppose it's got the most to lose in cutting off
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ukraine, isn't it? >> exactly. i think the risk of any disruption is very low. it's not in the interest of russia, nor is it in the interest of ukraine i guess to cause any disruption of energy on flows to europe. it's not even mentioned as a possible risk. and i think both sides will do their utmost to avoid any disruption. >> perhaps we could go as far as to say saying, we'll give you a loan, we'll lend the money if need be. we heard the white house is offering a $1 billion of energy aid to ukraine. they're trying to nip this in the bud before it even gets going? >> yeah, i think so. as i said, i think everybody is now kind of pulled back as it were from the brink. and we hear lots of talk about compromises and calming down even today. in a situation in ukraine is that of course is part of the deal struck in december between russia and ukraine.
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it substantially reduced the price of the charge to ukraine and agreed to defer or to restructure the money already owed to it. the problem is that that deal has to be renewed every three months. so, in other words, we're fine until the first of april. then the question is whether they will look to revert back to the previous high priced contract or will roll over the low cost contracts. that's really the question. >> the question at this stage, it's going back. to cut the discounted price, isn't it? would you see that as essentially a business more or, let's be honest, a political one? >> well, i think it's quite clear. the deal done in december was political. russia at that point was looking to entice them to eurasian union they are keane to build. that was political rather than an economic decision.
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as part of the deal they have reserved the right to revert back to the old day on review every three months. still too early to say what will happen but it could revert back to the older price. >> ukraine has been making noises in the last couple of years about establishing energy independence, which of course would help it greatly. it's clearly not there at the moment. is it getting there? >> no. they have to have their own source of energy. they have chevron and others to search and explore for shale gas. but that is a long-term process. exploration of ordinary conventional oil and gas takes many years. a few more years and many hundreds of millions of dollars. so it is a long-term process. i'm optimistic. but in practice you have to be realistic. it takes time. >> they do rely on this. they also rely on the transit fee they receive.
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>> indeed. >> for the ukrainians. >> it's not just ukraine. it is the european union and western europe. we have had plenty bad times with russia turning off the taps before. where are these alternative sources? >> from africa. from libya to italy. those networks are there. from russia, the hard line directive to germany. there is a cap on that one as well. >> can they take the russian element out can others provide the answer? >> not really. i think both sides know you cannot have quick changeover or substitute for it. the world lies on the european side. and i just want to say this stand justify every year a few years ago was the case. that goes back to the soviet
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union. that this too were dependent on so many enter arbitrations in that economy. based on that they received gas cheaply. # it is nothing new. >> it goes on and on. the russians know full well there are alternatives. i suppose on that basis they also had to judge when and when not to play hardball. >> certainly since the disruptions you referred to, both sides have been talking about diversification. russia is busy building an additional pipe which would allow russia to completely regard the transit pipe. with we may well see russia and signing a big gas contract there. so russia is also diversifying
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its transit routes just as europe is looking to diversify in shale. so everybody knows that the safe way to play energy is through maximum tkwergs fiction on all sides. >> there's a lot to play for. thank you both very much indeed. iron man and robo cop. engineers in it there i have developed a full body suit. they have called it the body extender. it is hoped it could be developed to be used in fact,ryes for to clear debris in earthquake zones. >> reporter: meet the body steppeder. a robotic suit to extend your human powers. the user steps in, straps themselves in and places their arms into its arms and move and the robot moves.
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grip, and the robot grips. only 10 times more fiercely than you do. >> this is the most complex wearable robot that has been ever built in the world. it is a device that is able to track the complex movement of the body, human body and to amplify the force of the user. >> it's my suit. >> what the hell did you do to me? >> suits like these are the fabric of many a hollywood film. but robo cop the latest to dawn a body suit. scientists catching up with vacation. this is a military suit designed to the aid combat soldiers in the field. there are therapeutic devices too, such as this dutch machine designed to help stroke patients improve their walking. the engineers in italy believe
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their machine could be used to assemble aircraft opponents or sent into earthquake zones to free survivors. i'm told to try the basics on this machine. i'm told to be careful. there's a man behind my back hold the machine so nothing goes wrong. apparently i can lift 50 kilograms with each hand. give me a bit of time before i try that. >> one day maybe. time to pick up on the business today. aaron has it. expensive cities in the world. >> what's your favorite city in the world or one of them? >> istanbul, rome? >> sydney? where is sydney? >> i can't see sydney. >> hello. singapore has topped the list of 131 cities globally to be the
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most expensive city to live on. the strong currency with the high cost of running a car, soaring utility buildings are the reason why. it is also the most expensive place in the world to buy clothing. so let's take a look at the top five. singapore toms the list. then we have paris,s on way, zurich, switzerland and sydney, australia. we explain why it is such an expensive city to call home >> reporter: basically, as you mentioned, it has to do with rising transport, utility and retail costs. i'm standing along the singapore river. if i were to go to one of those bars or restaurants down there and get myself a small bottle of wine, it would be about $25. pint of beer is about $14. that's a lot higher than you would get in another capital such as london or new york.
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a large part has to do with currency fluctuations. there has been a steady rise in inflation in this country. that's inherently made everything a lot more expensive. singapore is the third most expensive place to pay for water and electricity. because this island has no natural resources of its own and has to import all of it. >> okay. there you go. john put the list together. great to have you with us. just briefly, it is a global survey. 131 cities. how do you couple pile it? a long list of consumer areas that you look at, isn't it? >> we have correspondents around the world. we convert those prices into dollars. we weigh all the items. that's how we come up with a comparative index. >> i was looking at it. perhaps shows further signs of the proof that the shift in the
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global economy that in the top 10 list it's dominated by asian and australian cities. >> its up 10. singapore is the most expensive. tokyo the most expensive city in the world. that has fallen down the rankings. it is interesting to note for the bottom 10 cities in asia. asia is also home to some of the cheapest cities? mumbai is down there on the bottom. it has some of the highest prices real estate in the world. india is ohm to a huge population. these things come together which make things cheap. as a result people don't expect to pay as much for their goods. >> why do you couple pile the
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list. why should we care? who uses the list. >> people in firms forex patriots decide how to pay people around the world. cities use it to see where they can improve in areas to make cities cheaper. there's a number of applications. >> tokyo has always typically been at the top of the list. in one year tokyo went from one to sixth position. what happened there? >> it is really interesting. it has returned to inflation rate after years of deflation and stagnation. as a result of that, they have had a decomplain. the yen weakened. tokyo dropped out of the top spot. >> it certainly is interesting. john, we appreciate it. thanks very much. talk to you next year's list. let's switch gears, change
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gears. geneva motor show kebgs off today. the feeling is likely to be one of guarded optimistic this year. because the experts, they are forecasting a growth in new car sales in europe of between 2% and 4% this year. that is the first growth projection in seven long very tough years. of course with a pickup in sight, some companies are starting to invest in growth. luxury carmaker. look at this baby. rolls-royce introduced its new ghost series 2. if you have $275,000, you can have one. it's an update on the existing ghost model. even if the focus of that particular model is not so much on, just how optimistic he is about the renewed interest in new cars. >> i think we are quite optimistic with 2014 for very good reasons. first of all, our newly launched model the ghost series ii.
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it has proven to be very successful in the market. and alsoive see signs of recovery in the european markets and also the united states came back on stream. so all in all a good picture for us. >> $275,000 new car. she looks beautiful, by the way. that's not typically just for the european market, right? asia. the chinese love a rolls, don't they? >> i mean, for us the main markets are the united states and china. the third largest is middle east. europe is quite important, particularly the whole market but also germany is doing very well. but i also see already signs of recovery in italy and france. for that reason i'm quite optimistic with europe. main markets are more the western and eastern part of the world. >> the big boss of rolls-royce. he wouldn't even send me one.
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i'm having a little problem with my clicker. the markets are up. we had steep falls across europe. on the ukraine, the economy is back in focus. a team from the imf, international monetary fund are going down there on the ground for a 10-day visit to assess what the new government needs to do. tweet me. i'll tweet you back. you can get me @bbcaaron. do you want one of those ghosts ii? >> got one. >> see ya. >> still to come on "gmt", we get into the spirit of carnival as we go the famous dome and the football world cup at the heart of their celebrations. but it's our job to find them. the answers. the solutions. the innovations.
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welcome back. i'm david eades. the top stories this hour. russian president vladimir putin says power in ukraine was seized in an anti-constitutional coup. tensions remain high on the ground. troops guarding an air base in crimea fired warning shots at unarmed ukrainian soldiers. okay. now to a story about reliving history literally. an ancient virus has come back to life after lying dormant 30,000 years. a group of french scientists found it frozen and buried under a deep player of the siberian perma frost. they said the last time it infected people was 30 millenia ago.
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shorthand tal is the director of research. chantal was an integral member. thank you indeed for joining us. just explain, first of all, how you discovered it. >> everything started with an article that came in that we published our work. it is the revival of the plant out of a seed that was buried. then we contacted them to find out if we could collaborate them. we used it to try to see if it was possible to have a virus at all. >> were you worried when you did the revive it? >> we actually are using a very
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safe way to try to revive a virus without feeding on bacteria. those virus >> that is reassuring. presumably, as we humans dig deeper and with climate change there is the potential for more discovers, possibly viruses that could be risky to us? >> the point is we want to give to people who are actually awaiting those arctic regions. but the point is that we will have to find out. this is all the next step. meaning that now we want to assess the content of those to
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find out what is really in there. dna is a very safe way to access the information. >> and very pwrefpl, do you see a genuine benefit about knowing about these viruss in can they be useful to you? >> of course. again, those viruss are actually able to work with the same building blocks we are using. but they do it in a different way. using machinery. and that can be a great source of innovation. >> quite a discovery. thank you very much indeed for joining us. >> thank you. >> brazil's carnival is maintaining its frenetic pace. street parties taking over rio
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de janeiro. and the fabulous parades. they finally gave a taste for the upcoming fifa world cup. >> reporter: it's a union of two of brazil's biggest passions, can val and football. this is one of the schools here in rio de janeiro. they are paying tribute to one of brazil's biggest football legends. he's up on that crown. he waves his other crown to the crowd here. 12 samba schools here in the samba dome. one of them had to go for football. and this one there must have been footballs in every float,
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every skirt, every hat. of course this is one way to celebrate carnival. there are lots of street parades around rio. they had more of a political note. but here of course the atmosphere is very festive. it's a big year for the samba dome. it marks 30 years since the stands were built. they hold a massive party every year. designed by architect oscar demyer. four days of the year you get to forget all your troubles and party. on ash wednesday, things go back to normal. >> back to normal. one day maybe. the latest pictures from the ukraine. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is emerging from the plane in kiev for talks with the
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ukrainian government. his arrival coming as american officials say the white house is going the announce an aid package. this is an energy age pack to ukraine of $1 billion in lost subsidies. "impact" coming next. stay with us here on "bbc world news". ♪ ♪ the new vanilla macchiato from starbucks. crafted by hand and heart.
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